International Trade

  • July 29, 2016

    Most EU Banks Would Survive Downturn, Test Shows

    Most European banks fared well in a stress test conducted by financial regulators, though Deutsche Bank and RBS posted numbers near the bottom of the pack, and the world’s oldest bank reported data that showed it might not survive a deep economic downturn, according to results released Friday.

  • July 29, 2016

    EU Sets New Anti-Dumping Duties On Chinese Steel

    The European Union announced Thursday that it is imposing anti-dumping duties on more Chinese steel imports amid continued complaints from Europe and elsewhere of a glut of Chinese steel flooding world markets.

  • July 29, 2016

    Lack Of UK Trade Staff Muddies Post-Brexit Waters

    Ranking high among the litany of challenges plaguing the United Kingdom as it prepares to exit the European Union is its considerable lack of trade negotiators and other critical personnel, a problem that experts stressed will need to be tackled immediately to craft meaningful new trade policy.

  • July 29, 2016

    $10B Texas LNG Projects Gets FERC's Final Enviro OK

    It's now up to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decide whether to approve Exxon Mobil Corp. and state-run Qatar Petroleum International's proposed $10 billion Texas terminal expansion project to export liquefied natural gas after commission staff on Friday finalized a review concluding that any environmental impacts could be minimized.

  • July 29, 2016

    Chinese Poised To Compete With US Tech Firms, Report Says

    China’s high-tech companies, especially military suppliers, are pouring money into research, quickly catching up to their U.S. counterparts and looming as fierce competitors over the next decade, according to new research from the University of California.

  • July 29, 2016

    Taiwanese Company Challenges Steel Tariffs At CIT

    A Taiwanese company Wednesday asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to overturn a U.S. Department of Commerce decision placing an anti-dumping tariff on its steel product imports.

  • July 29, 2016

    JetBlue To Make 1st US-Cuba Flights Aug. 31

    JetBlue Airways announced Thursday it will become the first U.S. airline to make U.S.-Cuba flights in more than 50 years, saying it will begin flights to the island at the end of next month.

  • July 28, 2016

    Shareholders Certified In Tile Co.'s China Ties Suit

    A Minnesota federal judge certified a class of shareholders who claim a specialty tile retailer misled investors about its intertwined professional and personal relationships with an exporter and a supplier in China, ruling Thursday that the shareholders reasonably relied on the market for share price information.

  • July 28, 2016

    Trump Scales Back Projected Tariffs On Ford's Mexican Plant

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday reiterated his plan to levy import taxes on Ford Motor Co. should it open a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in Mexico, though the tariffs he floated were lower than those he suggested three months ago, when the carmaker announced its plans.

  • July 28, 2016

    EPA Issues Final Regs On Formaldehyde In Wood Products

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled a final rule regulating formaldehyde vapors from domestic and imported composite wood products, saying it worked with California regulators to keep the national regulations consistent with California’s.

  • July 28, 2016

    ITC Underwhelmed By Lagging Dominican Apparel Program

    A program meant to boost the Dominican Republic’s apparel exports to the U.S. is not yielding sufficient results after seven years, prompting stakeholders to call for an expansion of the program’s members, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission report Thursday.

  • July 28, 2016

    Canada Joins WTO Fray Over Chinese Export Duties

    The World Trade Organization fight over Chinese export charges on raw materials used to manufacture cars, planes and electronics attracted more interest Thursday as Canada hopped aboard as an observer to cases launched by the U.S. and European Union.

  • July 28, 2016

    Lawmakers Keep Fighting For Tariff Cuts On Travel Goods

    A bipartisan group of 14 lawmakers on Wednesday joined the fray surrounding the Obama administration’s recent expansion of products eligible for tariff cuts under the Generalized System of Preferences, calling for those benefits to be expanded to cover travel goods.

  • July 27, 2016

    CFTC Proposes Amendment To Foreign Broker Registration

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced a proposal Wednesday to amend and simplify its rules for the registration of foreign commodities intermediaries, exempting foreign brokers from registration if they are acting solely on behalf of international customers.

  • July 27, 2016

    CIT Judge Affirms Most Of Commerce’s Chinese Garlic Results

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Wednesday upheld most of the Commerce Department’s final results in an anti-dumping case involving fresh garlic from the People’s Republic of China.

  • July 27, 2016

    India Raises Foreign Investment Limit In Stock Exchange Cos.

    The Indian government on Wednesday approved raising the foreign shareholding limit from 5 percent to 15 percent in Indian stock exchange companies, marking the country’s latest effort to boost international appeal of its capital markets.

  • July 27, 2016

    State Dept. Revises Export Controls For Toxic Agents, Lasers

    The U.S. Department of State published rule revisions on Wednesday that are meant to make the export control guidelines clearer and potentially less onerous for businesses that deal with materials that may have military applications.

  • July 27, 2016

    Industry Data Shows Drop In Agricultural Exports To Cuba

    Exports of U.S. food products to Cuba in May dipped 27 percent from last year despite the Obama administration’s moves to free up trade with Havana, according to an industry report circulated on Tuesday.

  • July 27, 2016

    French Ex-Internal Market Chief To Run Brexit Talks

    The European Commission on Wednesday tapped former French Foreign Minister and Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier to lead its negotiations with the United Kingdom as the U.K. prepares to exit the European Union.

  • July 27, 2016

    UK Unveils 3 New Trade Hubs To Bolster US Presence

    While the details of the United Kingdom’s future trade policy are still up in the air as it exits the European Union, the government sought to improve its engagement with the U.S. on Tuesday as it announced the opening of trade offices in California, Minnesota and North Carolina.

Expert Analysis

  • Shedding Further Light On The FCPA Pilot Program

    Mark Mendelsohn

    The different outcomes for BK Medical and Johnson Controls in recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements suggest that the U.S. Department of Justice is serious about rewarding full cooperation as it has defined the phrase in its “pilot program,” say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Prevent Litigation From Becoming A Threat To Data Security

    Dante Stella

    Recent headline-grabbing data security incidents have shed light both on direct and collateral impacts to companies and their employees. Attorneys should take steps to ensure that their role in the conduct of litigation does not in itself lead to similarly damaging disclosures of sensitive information, say Dante Stella and Sherrie Farrell of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • 6 Months Since Iran Sanctions Relief: Lessons And Forecast


    The last six months offer important lessons about the scope of sanctions relief that the U.S. and other countries provided to Iran in exchange for curtailing its nuclear program. Attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP discuss the willingness — and unwillingness — of companies and financial institutions to engage with Iran in this new regulatory environment.

  • OPINION: Our Juries Are Being Circumvented

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    The Freddie Gray case and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell demonstrate how the government replaces juries, eliminating an important community decision maker and a check on governmental power, says Professor Suja Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law.

  • Trade Secret Claim Strategies: ITC Vs. DTSA

    Paul A. Ainsworth

    While the Defend Trade Secrets Act offers both monetary and injunctive relief, the U.S. International Trade Commission offers trade secret owners jurisdiction over foreign companies and a speedier remedy, say Paul Ainsworth and Stephanie Nguyen of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PPLC.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech


    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • Latest FCPA Deal Validates Pilot Program

    William Steinman

    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent decision to close its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation of Johnson Controls without charges provides a glimmer of hope that self-disclosure under the so-called pilot program might just be worthwhile, says William Steinman of Steinman & Rodgers LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Brexit: An Unexpected Boost For UK Commercial Real Estate

    Michael Speranza

    Brexit has presented increased opportunities for investment in the U.K. commercial real estate market and while there is some uncertainty regarding value, lenders are still making funds available for real estate acquisitions and development, says Michael Speranza at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP.